Area state parks plan Day After Thanksgiving Hikes

Four area state parks — Old Stone Fort, Henry Horton, Cumberland Trail, and South Cumberland — will offer Day After Thanksgiving Hikes on November 27. (Photos Provided)

Mark your calendar for November 27, skip the Black Friday shopping, and work off a few of those turkey calories with these four Day After Thanksgiving Hike at Middle Tennessee state parks.

MANCHESTER — Join Park Ranger Keith Wimberley for a guided hike around Old Stone Fort State Park. Hikers will walk a leisurely 1.25 mile path that follows along the Little Duck and Duck Rivers while discussing the pre-history, history, and geology of the area. The event is free (though donations are welcome) and will be limited to 50 people. Registration is required. Click here to reserve your spot.

MONTEAGLE — South Cumberland State Park in Grundy County and Ranger Jessie plan a guided hike through the picturesque Grundy Forest Natural Area to discuss the native plants and animals that inhabit the area. This two mile hike is rated as moderate due to rocky terrain, exposed roots, and some minor elevation change. The hike is free (though donations are welcome) but registration is required. Click here to reserve your spot.

CHAPEL HILL — Rangers at Henry Horton State Park in nearby Chapel Hill plan an organized hike through the Hickory Ridge and River Trails. It’s a easy, 3.5 mile hike that’s suitable for all ages and hiking abilities. Ranger Julia and Park Manager Ryan will stop along the way to point out various natural and historical features along the way. The hike is free (though donations are welcome) but registration is required. Click here to reserve your spot.

CROSSVILLE — Exchange Black Friday for Black Mountain at this Cumberland Trail State Park Guided Hike. Ranger Mike Croley will guide hikers across the northern rim of the Sequatchie Valley to the stunning boulder formations. It’s a 1.5 mile roundtrip hike that should take around two hours. The hike is free (though donations are welcome) but registration is required. Click here to reserve your spot.

All hikers should wear good walking shoes (no sandals), and bring their own drinking water. Daytime highs that day will be around 63 degree, so dress appropriately for the weather. For more information, visit the Tennessee State Parks website. •

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State Parks offer free hikes the day after Thanksgiving

STATE NEWS | Outdoors — The Tennessee Stat Park system encourages Tennesseans to skip the Black Friday shopping and head to the nearest state park instead. They’ll offer free After Thanksgiving Hikes … many at parks right here is southern, middle Tennessee:

1 | Tims Ford State Park in Winchester: Burn off that turkey and dressing with a 2.5 miles hike around the Lost Creek Overlook Trail. It meanders along Tims Ford Lake and features two suspension bridges. The hike is moderately strenuous and leashed dogs are welcome. Meet at the Park Office Parking Lot at 570 Tims Ford Drive at 9 a.m. Click here for more info.

2 | Old Stone Fort in Manchester: Combine natural history with the great outdoors in a historical hike at Old Stone Fort. It’s a prehistoric mound site created by Woodland People over 2,000 year ago. Rangers will talk about the unique history of the area while hikers enjoy scenic rivers and waterfalls in an easy 1.25 mile hike. Meet at the museum located inside the park at 732 Stone Fort Drive at 1 p.m. Click here for more info.

3 | Henry Horton State Park in Chapel Hill: Hike the newly established Spring Creek Trail with Park Rangers Shaun. The fall colors should be peaking and hikers might see wild turkey and deer along the trail. Ranger Shaun will also discuss the history of the area and the Duck River. It’s four miles round trip. Meet at Whilhoite Mill Parking Lot at 11 a.m. Click here for more info.

4 | South Cumberland State Park in Monteagle: The Stone Door overlook is on of the most scenic areas in southern, middle Tennessee. With fall colors near their peak, this easy two mile hike will allow you to burn off those Thanksgiving calories and enjoy the great outdoors. Meet at 1183 Stone Door Road in Beersheeba Spring at 2 p.m. Click here for more info.•

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